Freshman Atkinson decides not to play at Georgia

semerson@macon.comJune 18, 2014 

ATHENS - Hunter Atkinson's football career at Georgia lasted only a few days.

The freshman tight end, who just enrolled for summer classes earlier this month, has opted not to play football and instead "concentrate on opportunities associated with his long-term career goals," according to a statement by UGA.

Atkinson, a recent graduate of West Hall High School in Oakwood, indicated in his statement that he will remain at UGA as a student.

“Georgia is a great school with both athletic and academic opportunities and I want to thank (head) coach (Mark) Richt and the other coaches for their interest and all they have done for me over the past few months,” Atkinson said. “I realized I have other career goals and want to pursue those interests.”

Atkinson was a surprise signing-day addition for Georgia, the second tight end in the 2014 class. He was rated a three-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite.

“We will miss Hunter in our freshman class but understand his decision and wish him nothing but the best in achieving his career objectives,” Richt said in a statement.

The news means Georgia is left with 19 members of its signing class. Receiver Gilbert Johnson did not qualify academically, though he hopes to join the team next year. Everyone else has enrolled this summer, with the exception of defensive back Shattle Fenteng, a junior college transfer who is expected to arrive in July.

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